Review – Booked for Christmas by Lily Menon

Title Booked for Christmas
Author Lily Memon
Release Date October 13, 2020
Date Finished December 6, 2020


Novelist Sophia Hart (real name: Sophie Bartholomew-Kaur-Hughes, but try fitting that on a book cover) absolutely hates her loudest critic—Evan Wolfe, evil mastermind behind the Lone Wolfe book review column. They’ve never met, but Wolfe’s favorite pastime seems to be dumping on Sophie’s unapologetically happy, magical romances. Sophie, not one to be left behind, gets her revenge in her own ways (never annoy a writer in search of a villain).

When Sophie decides to throw a holiday party at her cabin, Wolfe is the last person on her mind. But the universe has a twisted sense of humor. Not only does Wolfe show up as someone’s plus one, but a massive snowstorm blows in, stranding them both alone together in Sophie’s cabin.

Over the next few days, Sophie begins to realize that Wolfe isn’t as odiously cynical a man as she’d originally thought. In fact, he’s kind of…sweet. And impossibly hot. But still, Sophie’s been hurt before and she has so much to lose. What she needs is one sure sign that she and Wolfe are meant to be together. Will Sophie and Wolfe get their Christmas miracle?

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to stumble upon this book. I’m always up for enemies to lovers and I love a holiday rom-com. It also doesn’t hurt that this is a novella and we’re getting close to the end of the year (and my GoodReads goal deadline).

Some Things I Liked

  • Enemies to lovers. My absolute favorite. What a perfect trope.
  • Bookish themes. I loved that Sophie was a writer and Wolfe was a book critic. There were so many bookish references and as a book lover / blogger, I loved all of that.
  • Witty dialogue. Being that both of the main characters are writers, I should have expected nothing less. I loved the banter between the main characters. I actually laughed out loud at several moments.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • The sign. The ending was just WAAAAY too much. I liked it up until that last scene. Honestly, that was the worst part about the story. So good until the very last scene.

Series Value

We didn’t really get to know the side characters in this story so there’s not much spin off or side story potential here. I think that this could have been a full length novel and if it had been, I think getting to know the other side characters could have yielded more spin off potential.

However, I liked the writing style and comedy so I’d definitely read more of Lily Menon’s writing.

Final Thoughts

This was a fun, quick read. If you’re looking for some last minute books to squeeze into 2021, give this holiday romance a try.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Jingle Wars by R. Holmes and Veronica Eden – if you like enemies to lovers and holiday reads, look no further than this holiday gem.
  • A Christmas Spark by Cindy Steel – if you liked the snowed in trope as well as enemies to lovers banter, try this holiday novella.

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